Cordkillers 255 - I Like Big Buttes (w/ Andrew Mayne)

Captain Marvel on Disney+, PlutoTV getting free Viacom content, and an Amazon shopping channel. All this and more on Cordkillers!

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CordKillers: Ep. 255 - I Like Big Buttes
Recorded: February 11, 2019
Guest: Andrew Mayne

Intro Video
Trailer for Netflix's upcoming film Juanita

Primary Target
Disney+ streaming service will feature non-Disney content at launch
- Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel movie to come to Disney + exclusively instead of to another streaming service. Disney has ordered ten episode of "Diary of a Female President" from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend writer Ilana Peña. It will be produced by CBS TV Studios for Disney +. Iger also said Disney intends to take Hulu international once it becomes the majority owner after its acquisition of the majority of Fox is complete. Iger said FX will output content to Hulu.

Captain Marvel's Official Website Is Basically a Geocities Fansite

How to Watch
Pluto TV will expand its free service with paid subscriptions, says new owner Viacom
- Viacom says it will continue to offer Pluto TV as a free ad-supported service. Its decision to remove content from streaming services over the last two years has hurt its profitability but will let it more easily bring content to the platform. Viacom also plans to offer paid add-ons to the free Pluto service, including Noggin, Comedy Central Now and NickHits.

Nickelodeon Is Teaming Up With Netflix for a Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
- Viacom CEO Bob Bakish confirmed that Nickelodeon Studios will partner with Netflix on a two-movie deal for new animated movies Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The idea is to drive people from Netflix to Nickelodeon to watch the series the movies are based on.

What to Watch
Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy feels like a bleak X-Men story
- The Umbrella Academy trailer shows Netflix's take on the Dark Horse comic series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. the premise is that 30 years ago 43 children were born one day to women who started the day not being pregnant. Some were bought by a billionaire from their mothers, given numbers as names and trained to become superheros. Most of them flee as teenagers but reunite when they hear the billionaire died.
The 10-episode season of Umbrella Academy premieres on Netflix February 15.

A trailer for the live-action Aladdin coming May 24 seemed fairly all right until the end when it revealed the take on Wil Smith as the genie.
'The Handmaid's Tale' returns on Hulu on June 5th
- Hulu announced the Handmaid's Tale will return June 5 and released a trailer for the 6-episode Catch-22 miniseries starring George Clooney and Kyle Chandler which arrives May 17.

Hulu, Marvel greenlight four connected animated series, including Howard the Duck
-Marvel and Hulu will partner on four animated series, MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck. The four series will cross over in a special called The Offenders. Kevin Smith and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies co-creator Dave Willis will write and produced Howard the Duck. MODOK will be written and executive produced by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt.

Amazon Live’ is the retailer’s latest effort to take on QVC with live-streamed video
- Amazon is launching a shopping channel (again two years ago it did Style Code Live) called Amazon Live. Multiple shows stream at once, so you can shop around. All of them let you buy things through Amazon.

Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- Netflix reportedly paid around $10 million to buy the documentary "Knock Down the House" at Sundance. It follows the campaigns of four female democratic candidates for congress during the 2018 US elections. It won festival favorite at Sundance this year.

The Grimm Legacy’ YA Books In Works As Disney+ Film; David Gleeson To Adapt
- The Young Adult series The Grimm Legacy is being adapted for TV by writer David Gleeson and Deadline believes it's destined for Disney +. The books follow teens who work at a library that lends magical items from the Grimm collection.

Eyes On
Swiss Army Man, The Devil We Know
Tom: High Flying Bird
Andrew: My Friend Dahmer, Mandy on Kanopy
On the Lookout: American Football league

Front Lines
DVRs aren't the ad-killer everyone thinks
- A study from Carnegie Mellon University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Catolica Lisbon School of Business, used a randomized control study of the habits of 50,000 cable customers to determine what effect DVRs had on their viewing habits. Households with premium channels and DVRs watched more TV overall but it did not change how much live TV they watched. DVR was iused most often for TV shows and movies not sports and news. When watching live TV people did not use DVR functions to avoid commercials.

Super Bowl LIII set streaming records, while TV viewership saw massive drop
- The Super Bowl drew an average televised audience of 98.2 million viewers, down 5 percent, though CBS says if you count all platforms it brought in 100.7 million viewers. Streaming numbers came in at 7.5 million unique devices, up 20% over last year. CBS All Access sign-ups were up 84+ percent on Super Bowl Sunday.

NBC Sports and Rory McIlroy launch a streaming service for golf nuts
- NBC Sports and golf champ Rory McIlroy have launched GolfPass that includes instruction videos, archived tournaments and a monthly round of golf for $99 a year. Discovery and Tiger Woods recently launched GolfTV outside of the US.

Netflix launches ‘smart downloads’ feature on iOS to automate offline viewing
- Netflix is adding a feature called Smart Downloads to its iOS app. It will delete downloaded shows after you've finished watching them and when you're connected to WiFi, download future ones. The feature arrived on Android last summer and is also available on Windows 10.

‘Roma’ guides Netflix to best-ever BAFTA haul
- Netflix's Roma won four BAFTA awards, the British version of the Oscars. Roma won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film Not in the English Language. Netflix had only won a BAFTA once before for Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th.

Epix is the latest TV holdout to launch a streaming video service
- Movie service Epix has launched Epix now for $6 a month which gives you access to four live channels and its movies and original shows on demand. It's available for Apple TV, Android and iOS with Amazon Fire TV and Roku support is "coming soon."

Dispatches from the Front
I redeemed an Ultraviolet movie in Vudu (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) but it did not show up[ in Movies Anywhere because that movie's studio does not participate in Movies Anywhere.
Ron says "I hear what Tom was saying in his defense, but I have to say that the process was a pain to go through and I'm out a digital code for my movie. I expect there's going to be a lot of other consumers who hit up against the same issue with the laundry list of movies on the website.
I appreciate that Movies Anywhere was trying to do the right thing and it's not their fault that certain studios didn't participate, but as a consumer you're getting screwed."
Just wanted to share.
Thanks for the great show!

- Ron

Apologies for comparing you to organs, but Tom is the brain and Brian is the heart. Tom's logical (and correct) take is that there's no real harm; Ultraviolet was a way to extend access into the digital realm, and people still have that access through their linked stores even with Ultraviolet going away. Brian's emotional (and ALSO CORRECT) take is that people making noise about this see the demise of Ultraviolet as a confirmation of their initial fears that the platform wouldn't last; and Ultraviolet itself is gone. In their mind (or should I say heart), the idea that movies are technically still available through the connected stores-- or that Movies Anywhere has picked up the mantle-- are not going to assuage deep-seated suspicions that digital ""ownership"" is not to be trusted, and that they can eventually be duped. Who's to say Fandango Now won't disappear next year, or that in a few years Walmart will decide it's not worth it to keep Vudu going, or that in five years time Movies Anywhere will go the way of Ultraviolet, or that some legal SNAFU won't kill the digital rights to a chunk of your library? You can't promise these things won't happen so that seed of doubt will always be there. As is often the case, rational and emotional arguments are not fully reconcilable because they are arguing different things.

Your boss,


"A few Points Tom would like Clarify and Acknowledge”

1. There was some confusion about what will happen on July 31. What UV has said is everything in every store you have linked will stay there. A lot of folks were thinking only the copy with the original retailer would survive but all copies in all linked stores are supposed to survive

2. We're also going on what UV has said they will do. If 7/31 shows up and technical issues cause copies to disappear then I too will be very critical of UV.

I WATCH CordKillers on YouTube, but I LISTEN to AfterTalk on my phone. I avoid Spoilerin' Time because... Y'know, SPOILERS! I wouldn't see the harm in a blurb to say "Hey, if you're watching on YouTube, like and subscribe.

In It's Damp This Morning in Texas


Just a note of clarification, Locast list themselves as a not-for-profit, not a non-profit.

Also interesting that their page is copyright by Sports Fans Coalition NY, Inc., which might shine a bit of light behind the agenda of the organization. This is from the Locast FAQ page:

"SFC is best known for successfully petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to end the 40-year-old, anti-fan Sports Blackout Rule. Despite heavy lobbying from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and broadcast television industry, Sports Fans Coalition in 2014 won a unanimous 5-0 vote by the FCC to end the Sports Blackout Rule. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) supported ending the rule. The NFL subsequently suspended its local blackout policy, benefiting fans in communities hardest hit by local blackouts, including Buffalo, NY; Cincinnati, OH; Jacksonville, FL; San Diego, CA and others.

Sports Fans Coalition also championed introduction of the FANS Act in the U.S. Senate during the 114th Congress, a bill that would have required professional sports leagues, if they wanted to maintain their antitrust exemption under the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, to prohibit broadcasters’ taking down sports events during negotiations with pay-TV companies for retransmission rights."



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